The author reveals similarities of creative and critical thinking processes by describing them as divergent. “Life cycle” stages show that both processes require time and concentration on task, involve curiosity, problem solving, search for best solutions. Lithuania’s pedagogues acknowledge critical and creative thinking as processes, but allocate little time for their experience and reflection on them in a classroom. Creative and critical thinking results are difficult to make evident as they include not only tangible, but also “soft” results, such as improved individual approaches, capacities and processes. Researches’ findings show that students’ projects and creative tasks are considered to be most evident and easier evaluated results. There is enough evidence of links between critical and creative thinking. However, coherence between both types of thinking and success in personal and professional life has not received sufficient attention in a scientific literature. Cases, ethnographic studies, lived experience examples and other type of research could be of a great value to prove that critical and creative thinking have direct impact on personal and on social welfare.
- Creative thinking
- critical thinking